A necklace in Death Stranding probably has a hidden message, and it’s driving fans crazy.
E3 footage of the game introduced us to a new character, played by Lindsay Wagner. While there are a ton of questions about her—why is she holding a baby? why is there a half moon-shaped rainbow around her? why are her arms translucent?—fans have zeroed in one particular aspect: her necklace.
The necklace Wagner’s character wears is visible in both the trailer and a poster released a little later, and it shows a series of “dots” and “lines” dangling on different strands. Many fans pointed out the necklace’s resemblance to a quipu, a type of knot writing system from South America. Perhaps not coincidentally, Hideo Kojima himself tweeted about quipus just last year.
Went ‘Ancient Civilization of The Andes’. Fortunately it wasn’t crowded at all so I could spend more time. They even had Quipu of Incan Empire. pic.twitter.com/lTg6IWqmRy
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) November 25, 2017
Naturally, fans have gone crazy trying to figure out what message might be contained in the necklace. The conspiracies only went further when fans realized that the necklace Wagner’s character wears on the poster is a mirror image of the necklace on the trailer (or perhaps vice versa). Are they meant to be put together? Superimposed? Is it hinting at something else entirely, some sort of mirror-reality found in the Death Stranding universe? One fan on Reddit put together a few versions of the necklace so that the “code” is easier to see.
Nobody has puzzled out the meaning of the necklace yet, but fans have a few guesses. While some have been counting the letters and numbers in the necklace, others have pointed to its strong resemblance to a punch card, or perhaps even the kind of card used to program a music box. While one fan attempted to play the “notes” on the piano and only got nonsense, others are convinced that the necklace has some kind of connection to Low Roar, the band that has written some music specifically for Death Stranding before.
Many fans suspect some kind of link to Low Roar’s recent music video, “Give me an Answer,” which was inspired by Death Stranding, but no one has yet conclusively made the connection.
Мелодия из шифра на шее Линдси Вагнер – припев песни “Give me an Answer” группы Low Roar pic.twitter.com/4o619Wv7d4
— Nik Ambors (@NikolsaNNN) June 13, 2018
The possible necklace code is only one of the many mysteries presented in Death Stranding‘s trippy trailers, so fans have no shortage of material to search for clues. Some even think they’ve found a second connection between Low Roar’s album art and one of the Death Stranding posters, but that’s yet another mystery.
— Chimp’s Comix (@chimpscomix) June 9, 2018
Death Stranding is currently in development for the PlayStation 4.